Myanmar court orders auction of Aung San Suu Kyi's home

A court in military-controlled Myanmar has ordered the family home of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi be put up for auction. She spent 15 years under house arrest at the property after a military coup in 1990.

Sources close to the democratic icon say the decision was handed down on Thursday. They say the auction of the lakeside villa in Yangon will be held in March with starting bids at 90 million dollars.

The colonial-style residence had been embroiled in a decades-long legal dispute between Aung San Suu Kyi and her brother.

After she was released, the house became the site of some of her most high-profile meetings with dignitaries, including former US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Nobel laureate lived there until 2012, when she moved to the capital Naypyitaw after being elected as a member of parliament.

In 2021, the military staged a coup again and toppled the democratically elected government and ousted Aung San Suu Kyi. She has remained in prison since then, serving a 27-year sentence for alleged crimes such as bribery and treason.

World leaders and pro-democracy activists have called for her release. Observers say the auction will trigger a backlash among her supporters.